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Poster: indiworks Date: Jan 13, 2006 2:40am
Forum: opensource_movies Subject: Re: those strange numbers/letters next to titles (2.147483649e+09 BCE)

it worked - thanks a lot!

so this is what you have to do if thumbnails are not automatically created for your movie:

>>> >>> >>>

1) create thumbnails yourself

e.g. os x:

make screenshots - command-shift-3 - while watching your movie fullscreen - free player:
convert those screenshots from .pdf to .jpg using the shareware program graphicconverter: file > convert & modify
import the .jpg(s) to iphoto, this automatically creates thumbnails
find them in pictures > iphoto library > 2006 (or 2007 etc.) > 01 (etc., 01 = january) > 13 (etc., = the day) > thumbs
again using graphicconverter: file > convert & modify - convert to .gif and make sure to click: options > create movie + loop + endless (you also first may have to rename your thumbnails from 1, 2, ... to 01, 02 etc. and also only work with a duplicate of the iphoto thumbs folder!)


on your movie's page: edit item > item manager > click "checkout -- edit item's files (non XML)"
the next page now says you have 48h to add/remove items

e.g. os x:

using the free ftp client cyberduck (works great) you can navigate to your ftp directory (details on the site after "checkout -- ..." ) and upload e.g. title_of_movie_thumbnails.gif

after finishing/confirming those thumbnails appear automatically where they normally would if generated by the deriver!

<<< <<< <<<

i also tried to automatically redo the thumbnails, but this did not work. there seems to be a problem with the build in mplayer, the process starts, but soon stops. this is what the log says:

"MPlayer interrupted by signal 6 in module: decode_video - MPlayer crashed. This shouldn't happen. It can be a bug in the MPlayer code _or_ in your drivers _or_ in your gcc version. If you think it's MPlayer's fault, please read DOCS/HTML/en/bugreports.html and follow the instructions there. We can't and won't help unless you provide this information when reporting a possible bug. MPlayer returned non-zero return code ERROR Removing /2/items/Vincent_version_03_engl_subtitles_h264/Vincent_version_03_engl_subtitles_h264.gif CREATING DERIVATION PLAN EXECUTING PLAN Nothing to do! Deriver returned code: 1 which means SUCCEEDED"

@ maybe the mplayer can't handle the h.264 encoded mpeg-4 file and needs to be fixed...?

thanks again,

valentin (indiworks)

This post was modified by indiworks on 2006-01-13 10:40:17

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Poster: Diana Hamilton Date: Jan 13, 2006 2:06am
Forum: opensource_movies Subject: Re: those strange numbers/letters next to titles (2.147483649e+09 BCE)

Here are some more tips from Tracey about thumbnails: